Atlanta is headed for what looks like its third scoring drive of the game when the Falcons get flagged for a false start, then Matt Ryan is sacked at the Green Bay 26, setting up a 3rd-and-21. Then there’s the questionable, late throw by Matt Ryan, which is doomed when Michael Jenkins falls trying to get back to the ball. The pass is picked off by a leaping Tramon Williams for a touchback.
Meanwhile, the Falcons defense is facing issues of its own. Atlanta pass rush is having a tough time getting to Aaron Rodgers, in part because of the Packers offensive line and in part because of Rodgers’ ability to move around in the pocket. Rodgers goes 5-of-6 for 74 yards, including a 20-yard strike to James Jones for the go-ahead touchdown.
The Falcons, generally a disciplined team during the season, have already committed five penalties for 22 yards. So far tonight, the extra downs have been hurting them more than the yardage.